• Apr 3, 2008
Click above for high-res live shots of the 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe

Sporting a specific output of 130 horsepower-per-liter, the turbocharged, direct-injected Ecotec four-cylinder from GM that's featured in the Pontiac Solstice GXP, Saturn Sky Redline and SS versions of the Chevy HHR and Cobalt, is already one heck of an accomplishment. But wait... there's more -- power that is. According to Motor Trend, shortly after the Solstice Coupe goes on sale next year, the blown-Ecotec could make 300 horsepower or more, putting it in close competition with performance stalwarts such as Nissan's Z. What's more, the same engine should also be available in the convertible versions of both the Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky Redline as well, paired only with a five-speed manual tranny in all applications.

This is just a rumor at this point, but MT seems pretty confident in its validity, citing higher intercooled boost along with a new fuel rail as the tech behind the power increase. The rumor does not mention if the higher-output mill will appear in other applications, though we remember something about the Camaro possibly getting a turbo-four mill as an option, and a tuner-friendly option offering 300 galloping horsies in stock form would make for a very interesting option in the pony car.

[Source: Motor Trend via eGMCarTech]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Camaro+ turbo 4 cylinder= WIN. Do it GM. It is the way of the future. Let Chrysler continue to make retarded judgements like the new Challenger with it's abysmal MPG ratings.
      • 6 Years Ago
      been in love with the chassis since new & if the coupe had emerged 3 yrs ago, Skye & MX5 would not have had a chance. Needs 2 fuel tanks like audi so it could claim a little more space for groceries.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would say yes if the Camaro was 2/3 it's current scale. I think its too much of a pig for the 4 cylinder mill. 3.6 DI yes, 4 Cyl no.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I only vaguely see the similarities between this potential car and the 350Z. This is a tiny thing, and the 350Z's motor is underwhelming now-a-days. A blown 2.0L would certainly have a lot more fun factor in it than a 3.5L V6. Not to mention, its built on an itty bitty purpose-built sports car chassis, not an adapted mid-size family car chassis.
      • 6 Years Ago
      say hello to the firebird
      • 6 Years Ago
      this car looked awesome in person at the autoshow and i def can see it competing with the Z with the numbers they are talking ... I cant wait to see one in red!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow a 4cyl turbo in a pony car. Reminds me of the SVO stang--which was want Ford should have continued R&D and created newer stang models--but as usual, they screwed it up and cancelled such a great idea.

      If the Chevy goes the same direction as the SVO did, then we may see something exciting.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry, this isn't a "pony car".

        A pony car is a small variation on a muscle car, and pretty much always a 2+2.

        This is a full fledged compact sports car, with 2 seats and no other purpose than driving pleasure, and looking that part.

        The Mustang SVO did have a turbo, but was a 2+2, and all mustangs were built to a bit more practical point than a sports car. Later Mustangs were too big, flexible, and ultimately heavy to be really viable with a thirsty turbo 4, which is the same case with the new Camaro, as well.

        But you are right. The SVO was exciting, and this is shaping up to be, as well. But it is a sports car, not a pony car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Blown comes from "blower", a name for a mechanically-driven supercharger.

      This car is turbocharged. Thus it isn't blown.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you want to get technical a turbo is a type of supercharger.
        • 6 Years Ago
        blower' is just a term. turbo charger is a turbine driven
        supercharger, a centrifugal blower would be the equivalent of the compressor side of a 'turbo' driven off the crank instead of the exhaust. HKS made a compressor based centrifugal blower so that the housing and impellar could be changed out with common (popular) turbo compressors.

        typically what we all think of as a 'blower' is a positive
        displacement air pump, usually based on the roots-type blower that we all see on dragsters. there have been many other examples of positive displacement 'blowers' but in general we DO use the term 'blower' in reference to crank driven compressors.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ok man, i gotta think about that. i know what your saying but
        dictionary meaning
        1.a device that produces a current of air .
        2.a fan run by an electric motor

        (the best 1.... a person of thing that blows)

        wouldnt the impellers on a turbo be considered a blower?
      • 6 Years Ago
      What this car allows GM to do is move the Corvette up from the "bargain basement supercar" category (this isn't a knock: the Vette is a steal) and directly into the 911/R8's space, netting it more respect and making more money off it. All the while, they can still offer a light, powerful two-seater for a reasonable price.

      It also gives Pontiac a sorely needed raison d'etre. As much as I like the Sky, I think Pontiac should keep the hardtop and the big motor; the Sky would benefit from a retractable hardtop and maybe a hybrid powertrain.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i have heard this rumor a few different places, seem legit to me. its a shame that the car seems to be moving away from what i am looking for, adding power instead of loosing weight.

      i am sure one of these days someone will get it right and sell a 9/10ths lotus for $20k
        • 6 Years Ago
        That would be sweet. I would be all over that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pretty badass of an engine then, would be smart to put that 300hp version in the Camaro as the base engine. The Solstice is going to be insane with that engine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The camaro is a hot looking car, but my wife is looking for something sporty and I am not putting her into a Camaro-that is asking for tickets with her. She saw the Solstice at the NYAS and fell in love with it. It looks very similar to the Saturn, but has already owned 2 Saturns and wanted something different. Then she saw a video on the Solistice from the show http://www.expotv.com/videos/expo/203/207/Auto-Show-2009-Pontiac-Solstice-GXP-Cou/257773and she fell more in love. I guess I can take her for a test drive.
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